poem index


Slam/Spoken Word

Poetry began as part of an oral tradition, and the Beat and Negritude poets were devoted to the spoken and performed aspects of their poems. This interest was reborn through the rise of poetry slams across America in the 1990s.

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Lemon Andersen Contemporary, Slam/Spoken Word
Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz Slam/Spoken Word
Amiri Baraka 1934-2014 Slam/Spoken Word, Black Arts, Jazz Poetry
Allen Ginsberg 1926-1997 San Francisco Renaissance, Slam/Spoken Word, Beat
Taylor Mali Slam/Spoken Word
Jeffrey McDaniel Slam/Spoken Word
Patricia Smith 1955- Slam/Spoken Word, Contemporary
Edwin Torres Contemporary, Slam/Spoken Word
Anne Waldman 1945- New York School, Slam/Spoken Word, Beat
Saul Williams 1972- Slam/Spoken Word